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David Tarkington
Orange Park, FL
Pastor of First Baptist Church of Orange Park. Expand (Church Planting) Team Champion for First Coast Churches.
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This is Part Four of a four-part series reflecting on events that occurred at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim. SoCal Baseball Now for the things that filled my Twitter-feed before and after the Southern Baptist Convention annual... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at davidtarkington.com
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This is Part Three of a four-part series reflecting on events that occurred at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim. Church Planting in North America At the 2011 SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix our North American Mission Board... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at davidtarkington.com
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This is Part Two of a four-part series reflecting on events that occurred at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim. Sexual Abuse in the SBC As most likely know by now, messengers to the SBC in 2021 voted... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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My wife Tracy and I traveled to Anaheim, California last week to serve as messengers (that's the Southern Baptist term for representative or delegates) to our annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. As messengers from our church (First Baptist... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at davidtarkington.com
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On Sunday I preached the final sermon in our recent series through the book o Jude. In closing, I referenced a framed poster in my office that my parents gave me back in the 1990s. It has printed on it... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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Years ago our church made a shift in how we approached age-graded ministry. It is not that what we were doing was bad or sinful, but our convictions revealed that a change was right. We began shifting from a family-based... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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On Sunday (May 22, 2022) afternoon at 4pm a 288 page report commissioned last year by the appointed Sexual Abuse Task Force (SATF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was released. This report was compiled by Guidepost Solutions and has... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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On Monday we gathered to remember the life of our dear brother and long-time minister of the gospel Dave Paxton. Dave had served over forty-years in student ministry in churches from Tennessee, Texas, and Florida. Over the years he impacted... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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When death impacts our families the forced reality of explaining the feelings, emotions, and reality of death with children moves to the forefront for many. Those who do not have decades of life experience have many questions and often they... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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The local church is often considered to be a family. Most churches, mine included, use words to describe, promote, and explain the value of being a member that are good, right, and even biblical. Words like "family," "life," and "community"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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"Wait! What is all this in the news about Ukraine?" Questions about an eastern European country began resounding earlier this week and after yesterday's update more and more people are stopping to see what the talk is all about. In... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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Come gather 'round people Wherever you roam And admit that the waters Around you have grown And accept it that soon You'll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin' And you better start swimmin'... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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We have many in our church family who are retired or at an age where retirement is on the horizon. The faithful, generous givers in our church family continue to seek wise ways to continue their contributions to our church... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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The challenges that pastors of legacy churches in older, changing communities continue to increase. And as Carey Nieuwhof shared in recent post, crisis is both a revealer and an accelerator. Carey writes... The crisis of the last few years has... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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On Thursday, January 13 we held our first funeral service of the year. Many came because of their love for the one who had died. Many others wanted to be there but were unable. Every now and then you come... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2022 at davidtarkington.com
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Church life is replete with themes, growth strategies, title phrases, and trendy belief statements. At one point the only differentiator among churches in a community was the denominational tag. As non-denominational churches expanded and those within our Baptist world divided,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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There are many questions about life that come to mind when a young person is preparing to step into full-fledged adulthood. Questions about work, marriage, relationships, and many other things abound. Faith questions are real for those who grew up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Sometimes stories trend and then disappear. They become the lead story in the news or online for a season and then there's another story that pushes it to the side. Often it is just one tragic reality after another as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Do you know what almost NO ONE in your community is asking regarding the upcoming October 31 events? They are NOT asking whether they should participate in their neighborhood Trick or Treating. They are NOT debating whether or not they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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"Oh no! What are we going to do? What's next?" These are the words of desperate, fearful, overwhelmed, and despondent people. And sadly, over the years I have found myself saying these very things. Whether the questions revolve around national... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Sometimes in the Southern Baptist (SBC) bubble that I grew up within, serve within, and often live within, I think that everyone is talking about SBC issues and concepts all the time. The truth is the majority of my deeply... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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I have the great privilege of working with church planters in our city and throughout our state. I call these men front-line servants as many have stepped out in faith to launch and lead a local church that only previously... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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"Your church is perfectly positioned and staffed to reach a people who no longer exist." I first heard a Christian leader make that statement about fifteen years ago. His point was that often churches of a certain age find themselves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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Most often after a church calls a senior pastor, the next leadership position to be filled, if they are able to pay more than one staff person, is a worship leader (or Minister of Music/Worship Pastor.) There is no biblical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2021 at davidtarkington.com
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I knew the questions would come once I returned home from Nashville. These are legitimate and right questions. Members of the church I pastor want to know what happened in Nashville at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at davidtarkington.com